If retroperitoneal fibrosis has set you back, we'll help you move forward
This rare disorder is characterised by fibrous tissue development behind the peritoneum, affecting organs like the ureters and can lead to kidney damage. Treatment often includes medications like corticosteroids to reduce inflammation, and surgery to relieve obstruction.
If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by a retroperitoneal fibrosis injury, we can help. If your injuries were caused by someone else's actions or negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
You can make a compensation claim with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.
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Retroperitoneal fibrosis is also known as Ormond's disease. When the mass of fibrous tissue develops at the back of the abdomen, it can cause numerous problems. The Courts recognise that the symptoms of retroperitoneal fibrosis can be painful and extremely disruptive to an individual's life and ability to work. Symptoms include:
- Back, stomach and abdominal pain
- Fever, vomiting and nausea
- Weight loss and fatigue
- Kidney damage and in severe cases kidney failure
When your compensation is calculated, your specific symptoms will be considered, along with their impact on your life and ability to work.
Do I qualify for retroperitoneal fibrosis compensation?
If you've been injured or made ill in the last three years and it wasn't your fault, then you will be entitled to claim compensation for retroperitoneal fibrosis.
Find out online if you can claim with our injury claim calculator. Alternatively, you can speak to a claims advisor on 0800 376 1001 and find out if you have a claim in minutes.
How long do I have to claim retroperitoneal fibrosis compensation?
For most injury claims, you have up to 3 years from the date of your injury to start the claims process.
If you were not immediately aware that you were harmed by someone else's negligence, the 3-year time limit runs from the date you were diagnosed and became aware of what caused your injury or illness.
How much compensation can I claim for retroperitoneal fibrosis?
The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:
At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injuries have affected your life. Your solicitor will take these considerations into account to calculate the correct compensation award.
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General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).
Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.
Special damages are awarded to compensate you for any costs or losses you've incurred or might incur as a result of your accident. These costs might include loss of earnings, including potential lost commission, bonuses or promotions, or any other out of pocket expenses.
Special damages may also be awarded for medical treatments or procedures that you might need to treat your retroperitoneal fibrosis, including surgery, corticosteroid medications, pain medication and monitoring.
Linking retroperitoneal fibrosis to an asbestos-related injury claim
In many cases the cause of retroperitoneal fibrosis is not known.
However, studies have shown that exposure to asbestos can be a cause, and as a result it may be possible to make an asbestos-related compensation claim. A medical examination and report, carried out by an independent medical specialist, will be a key piece of evidence when attempting to demonstrate a link.
Your solicitor will arrange for a medical to be carried out in support of your claim.
Time limits and diagnosis
The connection between asbestos exposure and retroperitoneal fibrosis is not widely known. The condition often develops many years after the exposure took place - usually 40 to 60 years later.
Compensation claims are normally restricted to a 3-year time limit. In the case of long-gestating conditions, the time limit applies from the date you became aware of the condition.
If you think you may have developed retroperitoneal fibrosis as a result of asbestos exposure in the work place, it is important to ensure that the doctor or consultant who examines you is aware of your exposure to asbestos in the past.
Claiming compensation for retroperitoneal fibrosis due to asbestos exposure can be complex. Family members of individuals who worked in asbestos exposed areas may have been indirectly exposed by coming into contact with asbestos-contaminated clothes or hair.
If a family member develops retroperitoneal fibrosis later in life, it can be more difficult to prove when making a compensation claim. A solicitor will be able to discuss your options with you in such a case.
The process for a retroperitoneal fibrosis claim depends the circumstances of the accident. To learn more, click the icons below:
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Chris Salmon is a co-founder and Director of Quittance Legal Services. Chris has played key roles in the shaping and scaling of a number of legal services brands and is a regular commentator in the legal press.